Can a Woman Be a Handyman

As more and more women have become single heads of households, and first-time home buyers, it is even more likely that most of the people calling handymen will be women. One handyman industry publication recently said that two thirds or more of handyman customers are women. Some handyman service companies have seen this so clearly that they choose names like “Husbands for Hire” or “Honey Do Home Repair”.

As a female handyman working with women customers, you have a serious advantage. You can communicate better with other women than many men do. Many women, particularly the kind who own houses, do not like being talked to like they are dumb. While the number of men who will do this is dropping, they are still out there. Even if a handyman does not fall that far (and few of them do), there is always a concern for women that they are being listened too, that the handyman is not just nodding and smiling and pretending he’s listening to them, only to go off and do god-knows-what for the job. A female handyman has a serious leg up, because, as a woman, you see absolutely eye to eye with other women, you understand what they mean when they are describing problems, and frequently you have a much better idea what they want than a man might. Please note, gentlemen — and ladies — that these are generalizations. Many men have none of these communication problems with women, and many women will not take you seriously as a handyman. Your clientele will self-select.

While I’m generalizing, it is definitely true that many women would not be interested in being handymen. But there are women who are totally comfortable fixing toilets, laying brick paths, painting, clearing back yards, building fences and even wielding a ten-pound sledgehammer to break up an old patio. If you happen to be a prospective lady handyman who has friends or family “in the business” of construction or similar work, you have a fantastic library of wisdom there if you ever come across a job you don’t know how to do. And, like male handymen, you will come across jobs you don’t know how to do.

There is also no reason not to ask for help if a job requires some serious, old-fashioned muscle. Here is an example. I am a six-foot-tall woman in reasonably good shape. My boyfriend and I built a beautiful sunken fish pond several years ago. I can lift and carry the big 40-pound cement blocks with no problem, and I was the one who did the bulk of the digging. The only thing I came across that was really too much for me was the 90-pound cement mix bags. You can get them in 20 lb bags, but they cost more. And I can fight with the 90 lb bag enough to get it to where I need to, but I am risking hurting my back doing so. Actually, my 6′ 4″ boyfriend was risking his back, too, but when we both took an end it worked fine.

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